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Breaking News - 1/8/2016 2:12 PM

Lake Peekskill woman charged with prison contraband

A 19 year old Lake Peekskill woman is facing charges of promoting prison contraband as well as endangering the welfare of a child for allegedly attempting to smuggle a quantity of narcotics to an inmate at the Dutchess County Jail by using her eight More...

Breaking News - 1/8/2016 2:00 PM

Another 9/11 hero remembered in Putnam County  Free Access 

Thomas Kelly was remembered Friday as a “firefighter’s firefighter” during funeral services held at St. James Church in Carmel. The 58 year old Carmel resident died January 3 from September 11th related illness. More...

Putnam’s First Baby Hails From Mahopac

The new year was just under 12 hours old when at 11:58 a.m., Putnam County’s first baby of the year, Erin Cavanna, was brought into the world.  Erin’s mom, Keisha Cavanna, expressed great joy last Saturday that her bundle of joy was More...

Ginny Nacerino to Lead 2016 Putnam Legislature

Putnam County Legislature

Recently re-elected Legislator Ginny Nacerino will chair the Putnam Legislature in 2016.  The Patterson Republican, now serving her second term in office, was selected by her colleagues Tuesday evening during the legislature’s annual reorg More...

Hearings Scheduled For Patterson Fire Protection

Fire Dept. contracts

The Patterson Town Board has scheduled public hearings for next Wednesday to consider contracts proposed by both the Patterson and Putnam Lake Fire Departments for the new year.  Patterson’s contract totals $803,023 while the Putnam Lake F More...

General Stories

Pataki Ends Presidential Run

Both supporters and naysayers on the local level agree it would have been nice to have a president hail from Putnam County. And until last Tuesday evening, that’s what Putnam favorite son George Pataki was seeking to do.  More...

Rumors of Immigration Roundup Are False

Dozens of Putnam’s newest residents kicked off 2016 in fear following rumors being circulated throughout the area that ICE (Immigration Customs Enforcement) would be arresting undocumented individuals during a regional crackdown.  More...

Brewster's Got Talent Fundraiser is Next Friday

The acts have been selected. A few tickets remain for the Brewster Education Foundation’s Brewster’s Got Talent show scheduled for next Friday evening. More...

Enterprise

From the Chamber

Minimum Wage Increases And Other Regs Pressing On Small Business

To tackle a difficult subject, I enlisted the opinions and help of a friend, past CEO of the Mahopac-Carmel Chamber of Commerce and present President/CEO, the Chamber of Southern Saratoga County, Pete Bardunias. More...

Editorials

Sifting Through the Sands of Time

The Old Home Paper

It’s printed old-fashioned and homely, bearing name of a small country town; With an unfeigned sneer at its wrapper queer, The postman, in scorn, throws it down. More...

Word of the Week

Kindred \KIN-drud\  ADJECTIVE of a similar nature or character : like   More...

Letters to the Editor

Congress Passes Bill Making Tax Incentive for Land Conservation Permanent

To the Editor:  At a time when our representatives in Washington seem to agree on very little, I am pleased to report recent bipartisan votes in the House and Senate that make permanent a federal tax incentive supporting land conservation. More...

Appeal Filed in Putnam Valley School Vote

To the Editor,  I have this week filed an Appeal with the NY State Commissioner of Education, MaryEllen Elia, to challenge the $10 million dollar referendum that was held last December 8th by the Putnam Valley Central School District to establis More...

Breaking News - 1/13/2016 9:52 AM

Home destroyed by fire in Kent  Free Access 

A summer home owned by a New York City couple located in a remote section of Kent was destroyed by fire Wednesday morning.  The blaze was reported at 2:30 a.m. More...

Breaking News - 1/12/2016 3:37 PM

Schools cancel after class activities across county  Free Access 

With snow and freezing rain in the forecast for later today and this evening, a number of area school systems have canceled after school activities.   More...

Breaking News - 1/12/2016 8:35 AM

Marie Marrone’s secret to longevity  Free Access 

Marie Marrone is truly a remarkable woman. The long time Carmel resident who celebrated her 100th birthday Monday credited long life to “dancing and three mile walks along Cocoa Beach in Florida every morning for decades.” More...

Breaking News - 1/7/2016 12:38 PM

Strong armed robbery in Patterson a hoax

A report of a strong armed robbery in Patterson Wednesday that sent police on the state and county level into action turned out to be a hoax. More...

JFK High School open despite threat  Free Access 

Separate fight at Carmel High School sends student to hospital

John F. More...

Fire destroys Carmel building  Free Access 

Putnam’s first major fire of the year took place early Tuesday on the coldest morning of 2016. The blaze was reported at 1:11 a.m. More...

School Officials Demand Fix at Taconic and Pudding St., Citing Bus Travel

The intersection of Pudding Street along the Taconic State Parkway at the Kent-Putnam Valley town line is one of Putnam’s most dangerous crossroads.  Last year, 54,000 student trips crossed the treacherous intersection.  Putnam Valley More...

Lost Dog Homeward Bound in Perfect Time

a canine chronicle

While the Winne family of western Putnam was celebrating the holidays on vacation in Hawaii, their dog Kody was on an adventure of his own – a scary one, but fortunately, Kody’s story has a happy ending.  More...

Around the County

Story Times Set for Kent Library

Come join Miss Melanie in the Kent Public Library's newest adventure. Full STEAM ahead story times will start on Wednesday, January 13, from 3:00 p.m.- 4:00p.m. and run weekly for 6 weeks.   More...

Landscaping for Bees Program Saturday

Putnam Highlands Audubon Society invites you to an eye opening program on “Landscaping for Bees” on Saturday, January 9th, at noon at the Taconic Outdoor Education Center. More...

Mahopac Woman Trapped in Car by Live Wires

A 66 year old Mahopac woman had the fright of her life last week when trapped inside her SUV after slamming into a utility pole in Somers.  State Police said the pole fell on top of the vehicle, dropping live wires onto the car and knocking out More...

Sports

Carmel Girls Learn Much On Holiday Trip

ORLANDO – This was a business trip, really, and the Carmel High School girls’ basketball team learned much.  The Rams competed in the annual KSA Tournament in Orlando, Fla., and although Carmel lost all three games it played, it took More...

Mountain Club Hikes Set for January

The MidHudson Adirondack Mountain Club has announced outings for January and February, including a number of local hikes.  See also www.midhusonADK.org for additional info or schedule changes. More...

Brewster Girls Open 2016 With Win

Frannie Merkel is racking up double-doubles this season at a torrid pace. More...

Worship Services

Worship Listings

Episcopal Church of the Holy Communion 1055 Route 6, Mahopac 845-628-6144 cohc@verizon.net holycommunion. dioceseny.org   More...

Birth Announcements

Jade Kendall Scoggins

Jade Kendall Scoggins was born on December 12, 2015 to Jodi and Donyal Scoggins of Verplanck. Grandparents are John and Joellen West of Mahopac, and Charles and Wanda Coca of Ossining.   More...

Obituaries  Free Access 

Frank C. Bowers, Jr

Frank C. Bowers, Jr of Marlton, N.J. passed away peacefully on January 1, 2016. Frank, son of Frank Collis Bowers and Anne Edna Pennefather, was born on November 11, 1925, in New York City and grew up in Bronxville, N.Y. More...

Martin Raymond Stephens

Martin Raymond Stephens, 87, of Spotsylvania County, Virginia, passed away Saturday, January 2, 2016, at Carriage Hill Health and Rehabilitation Center.  Mr. Stephens was preceded in death by his wife, Velma H. More...

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‘No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn.’ ~Hal Borland